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Evaluation for What? - Rethinking Evaluation Use for Development Cooperation in Times of COVID-19

  • Author Eunsuk Lee
  • Series225
  • Date2021-11-11
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly shifted the landscape of international development cooperation, compelling immediate adjustments in every aspect of aid delivery activities including evaluations. While the international evaluation community has aptly responded to the crisis by sharing information and initiating discussions on how to manage evaluations during COVID-19, what is rarely mentioned is for what use we should keep conducting evaluations in the time of pandemic. The methodological, conceptual, and ethical challenges evaluators face under the pandemic circumstances increase the uncertainty in providing credible and useful information, which is prerequisite for achieving evaluation objectives—evaluation use. It is time to think outside of the box and take flexible approaches on who would be the users of development evaluation and what information they want, rather than applying the conventional evaluation framework widely used in the field of development cooperation.
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